Wells City Harriers

"A FRIENDLY RUNNING CLUB THAT WELCOMES ATHLETES OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES"

English Schools held at Manchester 8th and 9th July
(Report by Simon Prior)
 
English Schools which were held this year at Manchester's Sport City on the 8th and 9th July saw 5 athetes from Wells City Harriers competing for the Somerset and Dorset teams. This event is the highlight of the junior track season so qualifying is tough, Somerset are only allowed 40 athletes across all events so well done to all the athletes who qualified and competed. 
 
In the Senior boys 110 hurdles Harry Barton had a new pb of 13.84 in the heats and finished 2nd in the final winning a silver medal in his last year of Schools athletics. Harry is now off to Ohio State University to take up a scholarship there and we wish him all the best for the future. 
 
In the Senior boys 3000m Dan Maydew (Wells male athlete of the year) came 6th in the final in 8.31 just 2 sec off 3rd place. Dan's goal this season was to make English Schools but thought it was a outside chance, but following a great season he gained the qualifying time for both 1500m and 3k decided to run the 3k. This is also Dan's last year of Schools athletics and we wish him well next year at St Mary’s University, Twickenham where Dan will be following in the footsteps of previous athletes from Wells 
 
In the Inter girls 3k Sophie Nicholls had a great run to come 2nd and win Silver in a new pb of 9.38 which qualified Sophie for the following weeks Home International.3k in Belfast. (See report below) 
 
Running in the Junior boys 1500m new Wells member Tom Webb Somerset Schools champion managed to make Saturdays final with a well timed run to grab one of the fastest losers spots. In the final Tom ran 4.14 which was 1 sec off his pb to finish 10th in the final at English Schools.
 
Running for Dorset in the Senior girls 3k Hannah Blundy(Wells female athlete of the year) showed her grit and determination to come away with 10th place in a strong senior girls field. Hannah who has had a great season has another year in this age group.
 
Well done to all
 
 
Sophie Nicholls wins Silver in 3k at Schools Home International in Belfast
 (Report by Simon Prior)
Having qualified in 2nd place at English Schools the week before Sophie Nicholls competed for England in the 3k at the Inter girls Home International held in Belfast last Saturday. This international fixture is for juniors and inters only.
Sophie who has recently switched from 2nd to 1st claim athlete at Wells decided to go with the early pace which was around 8.45 pace and inside a World record pace for this age group. Sophie came home in 2nd place behind her fellow English Athlete and the race ended up being a World record for u17 women. Sophie has now also been selected to run at the School Games later in the year and we wish Sophie well for the future.
 
 
Wells City Harriers Senior men wIn the Parrett Team 10k 
(Report by Oli Frost)
Wells City Harriers men's team emphatically won the Parrett Team 10k last week. 
Organised by Bow street runners of Langport, it is a fast, flat, out and back Xcountry route along the banks of the 
R Parrett. Each team had five members where the times of the first four over the finish line count towards the team result. On a very hot evening Wells dominated the race by taking the first four places and eleventh. 
Christian Green 1st in a time of 34.42; Alex Coombs 2nd in 35.54; Oli Frost 3rd in 38.56; Henry Sage 4th in 39.17 and Andrew Tindel in 43.18. The combined time of 2hrs 28mins 49 secs gave Wells a lead of over half an hour on the second fastest team. 
Thank you to Bow street Runners for organising an enjoyableevening for all.